Welcome back to the Brazil Initiative


Welcome back to the Brazil Initiative for this upcoming 2017/2018 academic year.

We have a lot of activities and events planned for this year, but we are always in search of new opportunities and willing to consider any suggestion. Please feel welcome to engage at any time.  The Brazil Initiative email is: esbi@gwu.edu.
The Brazil Initiative is also funding three faculty research projects this year and eager to open up new lines of research in the coming months. This year’s projects include:
Dr. Susan Aaronson
Brazilian Digital Services Trade Policy

Dr. Maggie Chen
Globalization and Organizational Innovation: Evidence from Brazil

Dr. Nicholas Vonortas
Obstacles to Innovation and Firm Innovativeness in Brazil

We also want to introduce a few new colleagues to the Brazil Initiative. Dr. João Augusto de Castro Neves joins us as an adjunct professor and will be teaching undergraduate courses focused on Brazilian economic and political history. Also, Livia Lopes joins us as our new Brazil Initiative Program Assistant and Visiting Scholar. Livia will work to further deepen the reach of our program and conduct research on Brazilian tax policy and development. Please review their professional biographies below.

Dr. João Augusto de Castro Neves
Adjunct Professor, Brazil Initiative
Professor Joao Augusto de Castro Neves holds a Doctorate in Political Science from the University of São Paulo (USP), a Master's degree from the University Research Institute of Rio de Janeiro, and a Bachelor's degree from the University of Brasilia (UnB). He has lectured at top US and Brazilian universities, and has conducted research on Latin American trade and regional integration and Brazilian foreign policy. Dr. Castro Neves has extensive experience in political risk analysis, advisory, and strategic consulting.  In Brazil he served as a legislative advisor in Congress and as a senior analyst at the Brazilian Institute of Political Studies. He co-founded CAC Consultoria 2007, a political risk advisory firm in Brasilia, where he worked until 2010. Based in Washington, D.C. since 2010, Dr. Castro Neves has collaborated with top international consulting firms, think tanks, and business organizations. He is Director of Eurasia Group’s Latin America practice and co-manages the firm’s Brazil business development strategy.

Livia Lopes
Visiting Scholar and Brazil Initiative Program Assistant
Livia Lopes holds a Bachelor's degree in Law and a Master's degree in Public Finance, Taxation and Development (summa cum laude), both from the Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ). She also attended the University of Coimbra in Portugal as a visiting student during her undergraduate education. Livia has published several articles and is a frequent speaker on legal matters. Since 2010, Livia had been working as an associate attorney at Brazilian law firms and guest lecturing at several prominent Brazilian universities. From 2011 to 2013, she served as a researcher at the Brazilian National Petroleum Agency (ANP). From 2013 to 2015, she clerked for a Judge of the Regional Federal Court of Appeals of Rio de Janeiro. In 2016, she moved to Washington, D.C. to conduct research.  Currently, Livia is an International Advisor to Andrade Advogados Associados, and coordinates the Center for Studies on International Taxation, a forum that she co-founded in 2009.  Livia an be contacted at livialopes@gwu.edu .

I also want to personally thank Mr. Stephen Taber, a former alumnus of GWU and head of Brazil Value Advisors, for his support and assistance.
Last, I want to wish all of our faculty and students a wonderful academic year while also inviting our friends and partners to explore and engage Brazil at the Elliott School of International Affairs.
Mark S. Langevin, Ph.D.
Director of the Brazil Initiative and Research Professor
Elliott School of International Affairs-GWU